"We really enjoy working on small batch bespoke orders, and this was a great one. a dozen turned, solid cork pendants for a Nando’s restaurant in Hatfield. We were approached by the lighting designers working on the job, who specified the shapes. We have worked with cork in the past so were able to get this fantastically dense technical cork directly from the manufacturers in Portugal. Cork is a delight to turn, no grain or tear-out to work around, and so soft in comparison to timber, making it a dream to turn. Hopefuly have some in situ pics in a couple of weeks.
We love bespoke work, and welcome enquiries and ideas in any shape, size or material. get in touch!…..”
Today was all about this massive carving gouge here..
The steel is stamped “JAMES CAM SHEFFIELD” on the inside, and “CAST STEEL” on the outside.
James Cam was a tool steel manufacturer from 1781 - 1838. “Cast steel” from Sheffield was among the very best steels from that era, and it still holds true today.
I acquired the rusted gouge missing the handle and in pretty bad over-all shape. I cleaned it up, reground the bevel to 20°, and fitted a proper american hickory handle with leather washers. The bevel was then honed to a shaving sharp edge on diamond plates.
I’ve never even seen a reference to a gouge this large, it is an exceedingly rare piece of woodworking history.
With only 200+/- years behind this tool, it’s amazing to think of the projects that it has helped complete… and the hundreds of years of future life that still remain…
Bus Stop inspired by wood stacks for drying.
Unterkrumbach Nord BUS:STOP by Ensamble Studio, Spain
Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa drew inspiration from the local practice of stacking wooden planks in barns during the drying process. As a result Ensamble Studio’s BUS:STOP for Unterkrumbach Nord is composed of rough hewn timber piled perpendicularly to form benches and a roof. The walls are pretty insubstantial but at least you can enjoy the mountain breeze.
In honor of sculptor Marisol's 84th birthday, here is the exhibition announcement from her first one-man show at the Castelli Gallery, and her wonderfully matter-of-fact artists' statement.
Both from: Stable Gallery records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.